The United States Navy Memorial Announces Names of Lone Sailor Award Honorees, Dinner Planned for Sept. 24

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At an event on Sept. 24, 2015 in Washington, D.C., the United States Navy Memorial will honor distinguished Sea Service veterans who have excelled with distinction in their respective careers during or after their military service.

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The Lone Sailor Award honorees are the epitome of how service to our country changes lives and develops leaders, whether in the world of sports, politics, government, the private sector or the arts.

The United States Navy Memorial has released the names of its Lone Sailor Award honorees. The Lone Sailor Award is given to Sea Service veterans who have excelled with distinction in their respective careers during or after their military service. The honorees will be celebrated during an event held at the National Building Museum on Sept. 24, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

The 2015 Lone Sailor Award honorees include: ADM James S. Gracey, 17th Commandant of the Coast Guard; J. William Middendorf II, former ambassador to The Netherlands, former secretary of the Navy and U.S. Navy veteran; Robert S. Morrison, retired vice chairman, PepsiCo, former chairman and CEO, Quaker Oats and U.S. Marine Corps veteran; and C. Michael Petters president and CEO, Huntington Ingalls Industries, and U.S. Navy veteran.

This year’s award recipients will join an impressive list of men and women who have distinguished themselves by drawing upon their military experience to become successful in their subsequent careers and lives while exemplifying the core values of honor, courage and commitment.

“The Lone Sailor Award honorees are the epitome of how service to our country changes lives and develops leaders, whether in the world of sports, politics, government, the private sector or the arts,” says Vice Admiral John Totushek, president and CEO of the United States Navy Memorial. “These honorees were chosen based on their support of our nation’s Maritime Heritage, their distinguished careers which inspire us today, and the example they provide for future generations.”

The Lone Sailor Award dinner draws close to 700 in attendance including those from the military, wounded warriors, government officials, Hollywood notables and supporters of the United States Navy Memorial. There is a dinner, silent auction and dessert reception to celebrate the honorees. The Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps will play a melody of songs to start the evening. In addition, each of the honorees is featured in a video highlight of their life and accomplishments and given time to address the audience. The event also provides a VIP reception for the honorees and corporate sponsors prior to the dinner.

Corporate sponsorships help to support this prestigious event. Both Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have already signed on as sponsors this year, and the organization is open to additional corporate sponsors. For more information regarding sponsorship and individual tickets, please contact Christina Taylor at Christina(at)TaylorMadeExperience.com or 240-603-8913. To learn more about the Lone Sailor Award honorees as well as ticket and sponsorship information, please visit NavyMemorial.org.

ABOUT THE UNITED STATES NAVY MEMORIAL

Conveniently located on Pennsylvania Avenue – halfway between the White House and the Capitol – the United States Navy Memorial provides a living tribute to Navy people and a place for them to gather and celebrate their service. The outdoor plaza features a “Granite Sea” map of the world, towering masts with signal flags, fountain pools and waterfalls and The Lone Sailor© statue. Adjacent to the plaza is the Naval Heritage Center, where visitors can find educational displays about the contributions of the men and women of the Sea Services (Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine). Also housed in the Naval Heritage Center is the Navy Log – the online place for Navy people to stay connected with each other, celebrate their service and preserve the memories of their service. There, Navy veterans can build a record of their service online. Call (202) 737-2300 or visit NavyMemorial.org for more information.

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